Racine police say the owner of Lincoln Supermarket utilized the panic alarm and refused to hand over any money to an attempted armed robber, and that person is now in jail.

Joshua James, 19, of Racine, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of attempted armed robbery. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and/or up to $50,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called Saturday to Lincoln Supermarket, 1775 State Street, for a report of an armed robbery. When officers arrived, the owner of the store told them that a man – later identified as James – walked into the store and demanded $300. James reached toward his waistband as if he had a gun, but one was never displayed.

Police say James shouted at the store owner repeatedly to give him money, but the man refused and instead activated the panic alarm. James yelled, “Why did you do that?” and “Give me the money!” at the man before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction.

Officers caught up to James, the complaint reads, and store surveillance clearly depicted the incident, confirming James’ identity.

James remains in the Racine County Jail on a $3,500 cash bond, and he was ordered to submit a sample of his DNA and to not have any contact with the supermarket or its owner. He will next be in court Jan. 21 for his preliminary hearing.

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